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Tour of Britain diaries | Stage 8 (ft Colin Sturgess, Tim Elverson, Rory Townsend & Bob Donaldson)

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Welcome to episode 8 of our Tour of Britain diaries, the final chapter covering what has been a thrilling edition of the race. In this final episode we have some brilliantly thoughtful concluding dispatches from our regular diarists Col Sturgess, Rory Townsend, and Bob Donaldson, plus an interview with Canyon dhb SunGod boss Tim Elverson, neatly bookending things after we published an in-depth interview with Tim on the eve of the race. Our other regular diarist Andy Turner was waylaid today so he send his virtual love across the airwaves to you all instead. We want to extend our enormous gratitude to all of our regular and ad hoc diarists and contributors to this Tour of Britain diary series. We’ve had some phenomenal feedback from listeners about these episodes and without our diarists and contributors finding time in their busy days to provide us with such insightful dispatches these shows wouldn’t have been possible. So our thanks go out to each and every one of them.Stage summaryStage 8 from Stonehaven to Aberdeen took in 173 kilometres of relatively flat roads, bar the famous climb of Cairn o’Mount, placed early on in the stage. Six riders formed the day’s breakaway, which went almost from the gun. These were TRINITY Racing duo Tom Gloag and Ben Healy, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling’s William Bjergfelt, stage 2 winner Robin Carpenter (Rally Cycling), Michal Paluta (Global 6 Cycling) and Jokin Murguialday from Caja Rural.The break was allowed little freedom, with several teams eyeing either the stage win or the bonus seconds at the finish. Carpenter and Irish road race champion Healy survived the longest, before being caught in the outskirts of Aberdeen setting up the expected sprint finish.Alaphilippe led things out for Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) before André Greipel (Israel Start-Up Nation) hit the front, only for Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) to sweep past them both to take the stage and overall victory, thanks to the ten bonus seconds he got on the line.Overnight race leader Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) finished outside the top ten, missing out on time bonuses and dropping to second overall. As well as the WorldTour pair of Cavendish in third and Gabz Gullaigh (Movistar) in 10th, the top ten featured four domestic team riders. Rory was 6th, his third top ten of the race. Matt Gibson (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) backed up his 3rd place yesterday to finish 7th today, Ollie Peckover (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) grabbed his first-ever UCI top ten with 8th and Rory’s teammate Matt Bostock was 9th.Jacob Scott (Canyon dhb SunGod) completed a remarkable week winning both the ŠKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg Sprints classification, the jerseys for which he had held since stage 1. He was rewarded for his efforts by being presented with the Overall Combativity Award for the race. James Shaw (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) was the best domestic team rider on GC in 14th. Alex Peters (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), 21st, and Max Stedman (Canyon dhb SunGod), 25th, were the other two domestic riders in the top 25.Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)


12 Sep 2021

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Tour of Britain diaries | Stage 7 (ft Colin Sturgess, Rory Townsend, Bob Donaldson, Andy Turner & Ryan Christensen)

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The break had its day on Stage 7 and we very nearly had the first-ever stage win by a British Continental team at the Tour of Britain. With plenty to reflect on, our diary dispatches today come from Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling DS Colin Sturgess, Canyon dhb SunGod pair Rory Towsend and Ryan Christensen, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling's Andy Turner and Bob Donaldson from the Great Britain team.Stage summaryStage 7 from Hawick to Edinburgh was a day for the break. As on stage 6, just getting into the break was a battle in itself, with six riders eventually going decisively clear. The sextet was Deceuninck–QuickStep pair Yves Lampaert and Davide Ballerini, Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar Team) and Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo Visma) - all from the WorldTour - together with domestic team riders Matt Gibson (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) and Christopher Blevins (TRINITY Racing). They built a lead of nearly 10 minutes and were allowed their head coming into Edinburgh as INEOS Grenadiers controlled the gap to ensure the race didn’t come back together to give Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) any opportunity to collect time bonuses to threaten Hayter’s lead.Blevins was the first to be distanced with 20 kilometres to go on an unclassified climb out of Ford before Lampaert attacked with 8.5 kilometres to go splitting the group.  Jorgenson reacted first to get onto the former Belgian champion’s wheel with Gibson putting in a concerted effort to then get across to the pair reaching them with five kilometres remaining.The trio distanced Eenkhoorn and Ballerini. Coming into Holyrood Park Gibson's World Tour rivals used their experience to force him to lead out the sprint. Belgian rider Lampaert came around him to take Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s first victory in the race, with Jorgenson in second and Gibson third.Behind, race leader Hayter finished safely within the peloton to retain his overall lead and move to within a day of becoming the first British winner of the national tour in five years. Our diarist Bob Donaldson also finished with Hayter in the main bunch, while Rory rolled in nearly eight minutes back in 89th. Rory's teammate Jacob Scott retains both the ŠKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg Sprints jerseys and he will win both providing he finishes the final stage.Speaking of which, stage 8 is from Stonehaven to Aberdeen over 173 kilometres and incorporates three classified climbs, including the famous climb of Cairn o’Mount early in the stage, as well as three intermediate Eisberg Sprints.Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)


11 Sep 2021

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Tour of Britain diaries | Stage 6 (ft Colin Sturgess, Rory Townsend, Steve Lampier, Bob Donaldson & Andy Turner)

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Welcome to episode six of our Tour of Britain diaries. The racing was frenetic today, probably the best day yet at the Tour of Britain, a real treat to watch. And we have plenty of treats coming too in this episode. We have dispatches from all three of our regular audio diarists, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling DS Colin Sturgess, Rory Townsend from Canyon dhb SunGod and Andy Turner from SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling. We welcome Great Britain’s Bob Donaldson on board as a new regular diarist for the rest of the race. And we hear from Saint Piran’s Steve Lampier, who tells us what the race has been like for the Cornish team’s first Tour of Britain start.Stage summaryStage 6 of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain crossed the Pennines from Carlisle to Gateshead over 198 kilometres, taking in three first category climbs along the way.It began at a frenetic pace, with riders and teams knocking six bells out of each other trying to get into the break. Rohan Dennis, Julian Alaphillipe and others were all part of the tussle to get away. Eventually, a nine-rider group formed consisting of our own Rory Townsend, Mark Cavendish, no less, Cav’s Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Tim Declerq, Jimmy Janssens of Alpecin-Fenix, Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling), George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Arkéa-Samic’s Dan McLay, Mark Donovan (Team DSM) and Mason Hollyman (Israel Start-Up Nation). It was a strong group, with Rory the only domestic team rider represented. The group soon decided that Mark Donovan – lying 9th on GC – was too much of a threat to their chances of success, and duly manoeuvred to drop both him and Mason Hollyman. Rory hoovered up as many ŠKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg Sprints points as he could en route, meaning teammate Jacob Scott has now secured the former outright and has a commanding lead in the latter. The break was caught some way out, however, by a reduced peloton. James Shaw (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cylcing) then attacked on an uncategorised climb with around 15 kilometres to go, kickstarting a ten-rider move that went all the way to the finish. The move included all the main race favourites, with Wout van Aert sprinting to the win ahead of Ethan Hayter and Julian Alaphillipe. Shaw rolled in with an impressive 5th place. A 20-man group came in 10 seconds behind the leaders that included our diarist Bob Donaldson, Alex Peters (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) and Max Stedman (Canyon dhb SunGod). Hayter still leads the race overall but he now only has 4 seconds in hand over van Aert with two stages left. Shaw remains the best domestic team rider on GC in 14th. Sadly, our diarist Andy Turner didn’t finish the stage, one of four withdrawals from the day along with Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling’s Charles Page. And injuries for both Dan Bigham (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) and Ethan Vernon (Great Britain) meant that neither began the stage.  The race moves to Scotland tomorrow with a 194.8-kilometre stage from Hawick to Edinburgh with a picturesque route through the Scottish BordersSupport the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)


10 Sep 2021

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Tour of Britain diaries | Stage 5 (ft Colin Sturgess, Andy Turner and Rory Townsend)

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We have a slimmed-down core of dispatches in today’s episode from our three regular audio diarists: Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling DS Colin Sturgess, Andy Turner (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) and Canyon dhb SunGod’s Rory Townsend. Don’t be fooled though. While the episode may be lighter in contributors than normal, it packs a punch when it comes to drama. An episode not to be missed.Stage summaryOn the face of it, stage 5 was a straightforward affair. A break went up the road, it was caught in the closing stages and it ended in the expected sprint finish. But a crash on the final bend meant that it wasn’t the duke-out for bonus seconds between race leader Wout van Aert and second-placed Ethan Hayter that we’d all expected.The day’s break once again consisted of five riders, including four from the British domestic teams. These were short-track cross-country mountain bike world champion Christopher Blevins (TRINITY Racing), Dan Bigham (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), Leon Mazzone (Saint Piran), Nickolas Zukowsky (Rally Cycling) and perennial breakaway member Jacob Scott (Canyon dhb SunGod). Scott has somehow mustered the energy to make the break on every single road stage so far. He once again dominated the points scoring in the ŠKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg Sprints competitions and unsurprisingly now has commanding leads in both.Bigham, Blevins, and Zukowsky, meanwhile, lasted well into the finish town of Warrington and were only with only 1.8 kilometres of racing remaining.As the bunch hit the final bend, Owain Doull crashed out on the wet, greasy roads, taking out several other riders on the process, including Rory. Van Aert was caught behind the melee, as were many others, meaning only select few riders fought it out for the win.It was Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) who took the honours ahead of European Champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Team Qhubeka NextHash), Dan McLay (Team Arkéa Samsic) and 18-year-old American TRINITY Racing rider Luke Lamperti. The win was Hayter’s 7th UCI road win of the season, and the 38th by a Brit this season.All this meant that Hayter retakes the overall race lead from van Aert, thanks to the ten bonus seconds he picked up at the line.The sixth stage of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain crosses the Pennines from Carlisle to Gateshead over 198 kilometres, with the finish alongside Sir Antony Gormley’s world-famous Angel of the North. With three first category ŠKODA King of the Mountains climbs – at Hartside, Killhope Cross and Burtree Fell – during the route through Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland it could be another day where the overall lead changes hands. An Alaphillipe long-range attack anyone?Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)


9 Sep 2021

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Tour of Britain diaries | Stage 4 (ft Colin Sturgess, Rory Townsend, Bob Donaldson, Oli Stockwell, Andy Turner & Matt Bostock)

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Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain was the queen stage and it didn’t disappoint. Glorious sunshine, glorious scenery and a glorious parcours was matched with glorious racing. Just glorious. We also have five glorious diary entries for your delectation this evening.  We hear from a disappointed Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling DS Colin Sturgess, a shattered Andy Turner from SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling, a confident Matt Bostock itching for a sprint finish on stage 5, a double-act from Great Britain riders Bob Donaldson and Oli Stockwell, and a happy Rory Townsend, who says he had a lot of fun today.Stage summaryWout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) triumphed atop the Great Orme after out-sprinting – just - reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep).The pair finished on the same time, with Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) one second further back, while overnight leader Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) slipped back to second place overall – just two seconds in arrears on van Aert – after finishing eight seconds behind. Just two seconds now separate him and Van Aert on GC.The break of the day contained four of the six domestic teams (if you count Great Britain as the sixth), with the breakaway artist Jacob Scott (Canyon dhb SunGod), Bob Donaldson, home favourite Gruff Lewis (Ribble Wedltite Pro Cycling) and Ollie Peckover (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) joined by Nicolas Sessler (Global 6) and Jokin Murguialday (Caja Rural). Scott’s third breakaway in as many road stages meant he extended his lead in both the ŠKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg Sprints classifications.As the race entered the Snowdonia National Park, yesterday’s diarist Tom Gloag and his TRINITY Racing teammate Ben Healy teamed up with Movistar’s Marc Soler for a foray of their own. They eventually joined the leading six but ultimately they were all swept up by the speeding peloton with around 50 kilometres to go. We saw Rory Townsend amongst others make a few digs to establish a new break but ultimately it all came down to the final, punishing climb up the Great Orme.Max Stedman was the best-placed of the domestic team riders coming in 11th just 29 seconds back, while Mark Donovan (Team DSM) and 19-year-old Oli Stockwell (Great Britain) were the best under-23 riders in 14thand 15th respectively. James Shaw managed 22nd after a mechanical, as Colin Sturgess explains. Nonetheless, Shaw is up one place on GC to 14th and is the best-placed domestic rider overall. And a shout-out too for Tom Gloag, who came in just 1’14” down despite his breakaway efforts. He now lies 23rd overall.Stage Five sees the peloton heading to Cheshire for a 152.2-kilometre outing that is widely predicted to be one for the sprinters.Don't forget, use the code TBC-10 at veloskin.cc and get 10% off your next order.Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)


8 Sep 2021

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Tour of Britain diaries | Stage 3 (ft Colin Sturgess, Rory Townsend, Tom Gloag, Andy Turner & Max Stedman)

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After a challenging team time trial for the domestic teams, our diaries feature our three regular audio diarists – Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb SunGod), Colin Sturgess (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling DS) and Andy Turner (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) – and, ahead of tomorrow’s queen stage, we also hear from climbers Tom Gloag (TRINITY Racing) and Max Stedman (Canyon dhb SunGod).Stage summaryINEOS Grenadiers came up trumps at the stage 3 team time trial in Carmarthenshire, with a commanding ride. The result moves Ethan Hayter – fast fulfilling his road racing promise – into the race lead.On the 18.2 kilometre course, INEOS were 17 seconds faster than Deceuninck – Quick-Step and 20 ahead of Jumbo-Visma.It was a tough day out for the domestic teams. Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling’s high hopes were dashed by a mechanical for Si Wilson, as Colin Sturgess explains in his diary entry. They nonetheless finished 8th, the best of the UCI Continental teams, just a 1’09” down. And TRINITY Racing, down to five riders after Rudy Porter’s retirement on yesterday’s stage, put in a strong ride for 9th, just 1’24” back.The rest of the British teams shipped nearly two minutes or more, however, meaning riders like Alex Peters and Rory Townsend, both of whom had been in the top ten on GC at the start of day, tumbled down the general classification.Team DSM’s Mark Donovan is now the best under-23 rider in 11th, just over a minute back on GC. And with the mountains to come tomorrow, it will be interesting to see if he can make his climbing prowess count.Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling’s James Shaw is not that much further behind, 1’15” back, and he must now fancy his chances of breaking into the top ten on GC tomorrow.Don't forget, use the code TBC-10 at veloskin.cc and get 10% off your next order.Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)


7 Sep 2021

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Tour of Britain diaries | Stage 2 (ft Colin Sturgess, Rory Townsend, Jacob Scott, Ethan Vernon, Andy Turner & Thomas Mein)

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In today's audio diaries, we are once again joined by Canyon dhb SunGod rider Rory Townsend, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling DS Colin Sturgess, and SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling's Andy Turner. Our roving reporter within the Canyon dhb SunGod team, Ollie Gray from HUNT Bike Wheels, once again speaks with serial jersey-bagger Jacob Scott, and he also chats with Thomas Mein, who suffered a heavy fall today. And, from inside the Great Britain team camp, we hear from Ethan Vernon, 8th today. Look out too for our interview with Andy's teammate Alex Peters, which should be up on our website by the time you hear this.The stage began with the usual battle to establish a breakaway and, when one did go, it was once again five riders who escaped up the road. The lucky five were Robin Carpenter (Rally Cycling), Nicolas Sessler (Global 6 Cycling), Will Bjergfelt (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) and Leon Mazzone (Saint Piran), together with leader of the ŠKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg sprints competitions Jacob Scott .  Mazzone and then Bjergfelt were distanced on the climb of Rundlestone above Tavistock, with Sessler the next to go before Carpenter shed Scott on one of the numerous small climbs littering the stage. At this point, Carpenter had a lead of around four minutes with 25 kilometres remaining and he took full advantage this to take a superb solo win in Exeter.He finished 33 seconds ahead of a much-reduced peloton which was led in by British duo Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) and Alex Peters (Swift Carbon Pro Cycling). Our diarist Rory Towsend was also in the top ten, finishing 6th, with Ethan Vernon taking 8th. Carpenter now leads the race by 22 seconds ahead of yesterday's stage winner van Aert and 26 seconds in front of Hayter. Peters moves up to 5th overall thanks to the bonus seconds he got on the line, with Townsend, James Shaw (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), Bob Donaldson (Great Britain), Connor Swift (Arkéa-Samsic), and Mark Donovan (Team DSM) among an 11-rider group just 32 seconds back.The race moves to Wales for stage 3 tomorrow as the 18 teams face an 18.2 kilometre team time trial in Carmarthenshire.Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)


6 Sep 2021

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Tour of Britain diaries | Stage 1 (ft Colin Sturgess, Rory Townsend, Jacob Scott, Andy Turner & Bob Donaldson)

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Welcome to the first episode of Tour of Britain diaries. After each stage, we’ll be bringing you daily audio diaries from British Continental riders and staff, giving you unparalleled insight into the race from the perspective of the domestic teams. We have three regular diarists lined up:·      Canyon dhb SunGod’s Rory Townsend, a previous podcast interviewee, one of the best domestic riders around and winner of the sprints jersey at the 2019 Tour of Britain.·      British racing legend Colin Sturgess, DS at the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling team. Colin was a world champion on the track and a national champion on the road. And was DS for Madison Genesis at the Tour of Britain back in 2018.·      Andy Turner, who rides for the SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling team. Andy is a Tour of Britain debutant, so he will be coming into the race wide-eyed.We’ll also be grabbing ad hoc dispatches from elsewhere in the peloton. And, in today’s episode, these come from breakaway hero Jacob Scott of the Canyon dhb SunGod team, and 19-year-old Great Britain rider Bob Donaldson, an impressive 11th on today’s stage. Stage summaryThe break of the day featured Jacob Scott of Canyon dhb SunGod, along with fellow Brits Max Walker of TRINITY Racing and Oliver Stockwell from the Great Britain national team. They were joined by South Africa’s Nic Dlamini from Team Qhubeka NextHash and US National champion Joey Rosskopf of Rally Cycling.Scott was the most successful of the five, coming home with both the ŠKODA King of the Mountains jersey – a jersey he won outright in the 2019 edition of the race - and the red Eisberg Sprints jersey.They were all eventually swept up on the run-in to Bodmin where, perhaps inevitably, Wout van Aert sprinted to victory on the steep finish, with Nils Eekhoff (Team DSM), Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar) and home favourite Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) following him in.Just 2 seconds behind, our audio diarist Rory Townsend was the best domestic rider finishing a fine 5th. Bob Donaldson, 11th and James Shaw (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), 12th, also finished on the same time as Rory. Our other audio diarist Andy Turner attempted to get into the break early on but ultimately had to settle for a team role, coming home in 89th.Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)


5 Sep 2021

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Colin Sturgess - Podcast episode 3


This week I have the pleasure of talking to 19 time national champion, ex professional cyclist Colin Sturgess, who's amazing career includes 2 time commonwealth silver medallist, Olympic finalist, European champion and world record holder.


7 May 2021

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#27 Colin Sturgess | World Champion 🌈 to Rock Bottom and Recovery

PodCrank | Talk Of Champions | With Philip Hindes & Callum Skinner

“I knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy journey to get to where I wanted to be - but you don’t expect a lot of the challenges that come further down the line.” - Colin SturgessOlympic cyclists Callum Skinner and Philip Hindes host another special episode live from the World Championships in Harrogate. In this episode, they settle into the PodCrash mobile recording studio-come-campervan with former World Championship cyclist Colin Sturgess. He talks about what the cycling world was like in the 80s and 90s and opens up about his difficult battle with Bipolar.Born in Wakefield and having grown up in Johannesburg, Sturgess explains how he got into cycling at a young age, following in his parents’ footsteps.  Then, shortly after returning to the UK, he was selected for the GB squad, where he started making a name for himself in national and world championship races. We ask Sturgess what it was like to cycle in the 80s and 90s, from the doping scandals to the support surrounding mental health. Sturgess then opens up about his Bipolar diagnosis. Having struggled with his mental health for years, he talks about the impact it has had on his life, how he lost everything and tried to cope whilst training. In this frank discussion, Sturgess talks about his road to recovery, the highs and lows, and how he’s learned to look at things differently. Tune in for a great listen and find out what’s next for Sturgess…Show us the love by subscribing, rating and reviewing PodCrash. You can also watch all of our cycling podcasts on our YouTube channel. We’re sponsored by Tempur Mattresses - listen to the show to receive a code for £100 off a new mattress. A special thank you also to La Marzocco for providing our coffee machine on the road and North Star Coffee for providing the beans!Follow us at:@PodCrashPod on Twitter@PodCrashPod on Instagram@PodCrashPod on YouTube@PodCrashPod on FacebookGet in touch at:Philip HindesBritish CyclingStuart StreetManchesterM11 4DQU.K.

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